Today is an exciting day for Ranger fans. The countdown has officially begun. There are 12 days until the Devils host the Rangers at the Prudential Center, and there is officially one month until the season opener in Phoenix against the Coyotes. The Traverse City tournament begins tomorrow, and training camp opens up next Wednesday. Hockey is back!
- For the second time this week the Chicago Blackhawks have given one of their championship players a contract extension. The Hawks announced this morning that 26 year old d-man Niklas Hjalmarsson has agreed to a five-year extension which will take him through the 2018-19 season. The monetary terms in his new contract were not given. The Blackhawks also on Monday signed goaltender Corey Crawford to a six-year, $36 million contract extension. If Crawford got that much, can you imagine how much Henrik Lundqvist will be demanding? Scary to think of.
- The Carolina Hurricanes might have to start the 2013-14 campaign without star defenseman Joni Pitkanen. The team announced today that he will have a CT scan to determine how much of his broken left heel has healed. Pitkanen sustained the injury when he fell into the boards in a game against the Washington Capitals on April 2nd. “He was having trouble standing on [his heel],” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the team’s website. “We’re pretty sure he’s not starting the season. It’s a real serious injury, and this could go a long time. I’m getting prepared for the worst at this point.”
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